Reporting Recall Problems

AirbagsThe practice of auto manufacturers reporting safety issues has received a lot of attention recently. Consumers rely on auto manufacturers to report and disseminate accurate information in regard to possible problems. Providing this information as soon as possible is of the greatest importance because consumers put their lives in these companies’ hands when purchasing a vehicle.

Problems with Defective Parts

A new article from the New York Times mentions a rapidly increasing problem with one of the world’s largest auto manufacturers. Toyota has recalled more than 2 million vehicles worldwide because of a defective airbag from the Takata Corporation that could injure passengers; the recall includes more than 700,000 vehicles in the United States. The recall may also affect other auto companies. After Toyota’s announcement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration declared that it would investigate other companies whose vehicles contained parts from the Takata Corporation to determine if more recalls are requisite; the Takata Corporation has agreements with several automakers, so the defect may not be limited to Toyota vehicles. Because the Takata Corporation failed to maintain adequate quality-control records, it has been difficult to identify which vehicles possess potentially defective airbags. Toyota has said that it is unaware of any injuries or fatalities due to the defect, but has pledged to replace the defect in all its vehicles. Both Honda and Nissan are currently investigating whether there may be any implications for their vehicles.

What should I do if I think an accident was due to manufacturer error?

The first thing that you should do is record the information of everyone involved in the accident. You should also obtain the information of witnesses. If you believe that driver error played a role in your accident, it is in your interest to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Because auto manufacturers possess such large resources, if there is a dispute with the company, you will need experts to supply information about what caused the accident. An attorney will be able to help by identifying the best experts to prove your case against car companies. A legal representative will also be able to research the problems that car manufacturers have had to bolster your claims. And even if an automaker wants to settle, it would behoove you to have representation for settlement negotiations. When car companies know that you have limited resources–even if they know you have a strong case against them–they will try to use their financial advantage to make you accept a smaller offer. A lawyer will make certain that you receive and accept a fair offer. Additionally, if you believe that a previous accident is related to manufacturer error and now realize that you may have a claim, you should contact an attorney. Motor vehicle accidents in Massachusetts have a statute of limitations, so an attorney can also advise you if you can still bring forward a claim.

If you are involved in a car accident, you should seek the assistance of an attorney. The Sheehan Law Farm has a strong and credible reputation in matters concerning motor vehicle accidents. If you are in the Massachusetts area, contact the Sheehan Law Firm today.

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